Bears hire Tibesar as linebackers coach

Bears hire Tibesar as linebackers coach

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears hired former Purdue defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar as their linebackers coach on Tuesday.

He replaces Bob Babich, who was let go after the season and is now Jacksonville's defensive coordinator.

Tibesar served as Purdue's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach last season after working for three years under new Bears coach Marc Trestman with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes. Tibesar was linebackers coach for two years before becoming defensive coordinator in 2011.

Purdue's defense allowed just under 416 yards per game last season and ranked 11th in the Big Ten. Tibesar was also Kansas State's defensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008 after running the special teams there for a year. He oversaw a defense that registered 30 sacks in 2007.

The Bears also hired Brendan Nugent and Carson Walch as offensive quality control coaches on Tuesday. Both worked for Trestman in Montreal.

Nugent was an assistant on special teams and offensive quality control coach for the Alouettes this past season after spending the previous five at William & Mary coaching both the running backs and tight ends.

Welch spent the past three seasons with Montreal, coaching wide receivers last season after two years as special teams quality control coach.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.